Category: Startup Catalyst

A Brief History of Corporate Innovation

sk anyone under the age of 25 today “who invented the mouse?” or “who invented the graphical user interface (GUI)?” and you may get a lot of blank stares and fun wild guesses. These two inventions were the sparks that launched the personal computing revolution, and both were invented by Xerox. What a great illustration [...]

H2H: How the “Human to Human” Marketing Approach Reveals Who We Are in Business and in Life

The H2H (Human2Human) concept has taken hold of the marketing sector. But it’s not just customers who benefit from an honest, personalized and straightforward exchange with another person? What’s really happening is that we’re living in a world of transparencies while we’re pushing away intermediaries and filters, both real and self-constructed. Now more than ever, [...]

How to Have Honest Conversations with Your Friends About Their Businesses

Business is all about relationships, right? So what happens when a friend comes to you wanting to know if you have any feedback on their incredible business idea? I get hit up by fifty entrepreneurs a day who are seeking my two cents about what they should do to make their ideas a reality. And, [...]

The Chameleon Factor

A couple of years I was CEO of a company called Software Automation, a leading robotics company in the apparel industry. But here’s the thing. I wasn’t an expert in robotics or apparel. So why was I in an industry I knew virtually nothing about? Because I’m sort of an expert… at becoming an expert. [...]

Solving the Dilemma of the Middle Aged Serial Entrepreneur

“What’s next?” That’s the simple question that serial entrepreneurs between the approximate ages of 45 and 55 ask themselves and hear from their peers. What’s next? The world is your oyster! You’ve got lots of options. You’ve got a solid net worth, a great network, lots of energy, wisdom from scars, battles, and trophies. What [...]

Reddy named IndustryWeek’s Manufacturing Leader of the Week

Serial entrepreneur and sewing-automation leader K.P. Reddy is IndustryWeek magazine’s Manufacturing Leader of the Week for June 6-12. Reddy, who earned his Georgia Tech civil engineering degree in 1994, is CEO of SoftWear Automation, a startup that is reinventing the sewing automation process using robots and machine vision. “If you look at [computer-controlled manufacturing] machines [...]

Five Keys to a Successful Industry 4.0 Transformation

In business, buzzwords are always in fresh supply. Every day, market experts come up with new and creative terms to describe new trends, products and services. People write books and articles about these trends and entrepreneurs scramble to create companies to exploit these new market conditions. The latest megatrend we have identified is Industry 4.0 [...]

Employees are the family you choose, not the ones you were given.

Not everybody is cut out to be a parent. Not everybody wants to be a parent. Same with management. Sometimes people become managers from a very intentional career path they have crafted over the years. Sometimes someone who never once expressed a desire to manage gets promoted and finds herself leading a team of 15 [...]

The Gap Funding Myth

In the world of startups, we continue to hear complaints about lack of funding. Most startups ignore the fact that the venture capital world is a marketplace. It's not quite as efficient as some markets, like the public market, because it’s driven by a manual effort to source, vet, and fund companies (the great promise [...]

Startup Ecosystems and such…

Startup Ecosystems and such…In my travels, the local evangelists are quick to share how great their startup ecosystem compares to all the other ones. This comparative analysis is always an effort to engage in funding conversations and how VCs should spend more time in their ecosystem. Everyone is the “best kept secret”. This is especially [...]